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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
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Nov 25, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, dystopia, 2009, canadian, written-in-2000s, sci-fi, female-author, read-more-than-once, 2016



Jimmy, aka Snowman, appears to be the last man on earth after an epidemic has wiped out the human race. At the beginning, we find him in a very depressed state. He is malnourished, unkempt, lonely and on the verge of going mad. His only companions are some strange humanoid creatures whom he guides and protects. Slowly we dive into Snowman's story. We hear about the time he was a boy named Jimmy, about his friendship with Crake and love for Oryx. We hear about a bizarre future, scientists playing God, a man-made doom and strange genetically engineered animals.

“All it takes,” said Crake, “is the elimination of one generation. One generation of anything. Beetles, trees, microbes, scientists, speakers of French, whatever. Break the link in time between one generation and the next, and it’s game over forever.”

'Oryx and Crake' is an amazing story. Atwood has created a fascinating future that is not so far from our society. In addition, we dive into the characters, hear their story with a good dash of humour. Especially the 'Crakers' (the humanoids) made me laugh out loud several times.

Atwood is a great storyteller. Her writing style is simple and straightforward; her stories are almost always entertaining, and her characters deep and complex. There are no scraps and virtually no two-dimensional individuals. This is the second time I read 'Oryx and Crake'. Now I'm looking forward to the TV show!

He doesn’t know which is worse, a past he can’t regain or a present that will destroy him if he looks at it too clearly. Then there’s the future. Sheer vertigo.

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Reading Progress

November 25, 2009 – Shelved
December 23, 2009 – Shelved as: favorites
January 13, 2010 – Shelved as: dystopia
April 5, 2010 – Shelved as: 2009
October 15, 2010 – Shelved as: canadian
July 19, 2013 – Shelved as: written-in-2000s
April 10, 2016 – Started Reading
April 17, 2016 –
20.0%
May 10, 2016 –
35.0%
May 24, 2016 –
65.0%
June 11, 2016 –
80.0%
July 8, 2016 – Shelved as: sci-fi
July 8, 2016 – Shelved as: read-more-than-once
July 8, 2016 – Shelved as: female-author
July 8, 2016 – Shelved as: 2016
July 8, 2016 – Finished Reading

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